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"'Mother of everyone': The Achievement and Legacy of Muriel Rukeyser" 4/7-11/2010; 9/30/2009

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 3:37pm
William Waddell, Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA), 2010 Conference, Montreal, Quebec

"Mother of everyone," Maxine Kumin calls Muriel Rukeyser in a poem of that title from The Long Marriage (2003), and Adrienne Rich has both explicitly invoked her example in "An Atlas of the Difficult World" (1991) and extolled her talent and commitment in prose comments in her own essays and in an introduction to A Muriel Rukeyser Reader (Norton, 1994). The value and significance of Rukeyser's work is abundantly clear to these two fine poets, born half a generation later and thinking back through their mothers, as Woolf proposed that same decade.

Unexpected Monsters: Close Encounters of the Other Kind (Kalamazoo 2010)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 3:29pm
MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application)

CALL FOR PAPERS:
45TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
MAY 13–16, 2010
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY/ KALAMAZOO

MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application) is sponsoring two sessions at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 13–16, 2010). The call for papers and the contact details for the second session are below. All abstracts will also be made available for viewing on the MEARCSTAPA blog (http://medievalmonsters.blogspot.com/).

2. Unexpected Monsters: Close Encounters of the Other Kind

The Monstrous, the Marvelous, and the Miraculous (Kalamazoo 2010)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 3:28pm
MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application)

CALL FOR PAPERS:
45TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
MAY 13–16, 2010
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY/ KALAMAZOO

MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application) is sponsoring two sessions at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 13–16, 2010). The call for papers and the contact details for the first session are below. All abstracts will also be made available for viewing on the MEARCSTAPA blog (http://medievalmonsters.blogspot.com/).

1. The Monstrous, the Marvelous, and the Miraculous

Narrative in Drama, 3-6 June 2010, University of Paderborn/Germany

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 11:59am
Professor Dr Merle Tönnies / German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE)

"NARRATIVE IN DRAMA"

19th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE)

University of Paderborn, Germany, 3 - 6 June 2010

CFP: thirdspace, Audacity of Hope? (deadline: September 15, 2009)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 10:49am
thirdspace

The editors of /thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture/ invite submissions for our forthcoming issue "Audacity of Hope?"

We are seeking submissions that critically engage with the notion of hope as it was used by a diverse assortment of constituents in the 2008 American presidential election. As a key theme in Barack Obama's campaign (and his book "Audacity of Hope"), the term evokes the possibility of transformational change. How does this version/vision of hope frame debates about gender and equity issues, struggles for equality and the recognition of difference? To what extent has the "hope" agenda impacted on politics, policy and popular media during Obama's presidency to date? This issue invites contributions that consider:

The Digital Eighteenth Century 2.0 (ASECS, March 2010)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 8:12am
ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)

"Texting, Tweeting, Tagging: The Digital Eighteenth Century 2.0" (Roundtable)

George H. Williams, English, U.of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC 29303 AND  

Lisa Maruca, English, Wayne State U., Detroit, MI 48202;

E-mail proposals by September 15, 2009 at the latest: gwilliams@uscupstate.edu AND lisa.maruca@wayne.edu  (Please email both organizers)

Music, Literature, Illustration: Collaboration and networks in English manuscript culture, 1500 – 1700

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 6:20am
Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton

A conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers, hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton

Chawton House Library, Hampshire, 16-17 February 2010

Keynote speaker: Dr Peter Beal FBA (Institute of English Studies, University of London)

This two-day conference will bring together postgraduate and early career researchers working on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English manuscript sources. Many of the sources from this period are multi-authored and contain strikingly disparate materials, posing a serious challenge to scholars working within traditionally defined disciplinary boundaries.

"Somatechnics of 'Size': Queer Interventions" Edited Collection - 15 August, 2009

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 4:16am
Samantha Murray & Nikki Sullivan

** PLEASE CIRCULATE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES **

Following preliminary publisher interest, Nikki Sullivan and I are currently preparing a proposal for a book collection tentatively entitled "The Somatechnics of Size: Queer Interventions." This book, like our co-edited collection Somatechnics: Queering the Technologisation of Bodies (which is currently in-press, and due for release in September 2009) will be part of the Queer Interventions series, published by Ashgate, the current general editors of which are Michael O'Rourke and Noreen Giffney. More information about the proposed collection, 'The Somatechnics of 'Size': Queer Interventions' can be found below:

CFP -- Teaching off the Grid: The Promise and Perils of Using Non-Canonical Texts in the Classroom (Kalamazoo 2010)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 12:15am
Gina Brandolino and Nate Smith

Canonicity is an increasingly embattled concept, and the lists of what texts are considered canonical for the medieval and early modern period are constantly growing. Despite this, every medievalist and early modernist can name at least three (and probably more) interesting or important texts that are considered non-canonical. This is not surprising. However open the canon seems, it is, by nature, exclusive and necessarily omits some texts. Many texts that have long been known to exist have, for one reason or another, simply not received the study that inclusion in the canon seems to require. Recently found texts, however significant they might be, face a similar obscurity and lack of attention.

[UPDATE] 18th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics. Abstracts deadline: August 15, 2009. Aust

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 12:06am
The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Student Organization

The medium is the message. Using this conceptual framework, our conference will explore how historical changes in media from the oral to the digital lead to the emergence of hybrid literary forms and the constant reinvention of literariness itself. With the revolution of (e)merging technologies as our schema, we seek pluralistic and interdisciplinary research on the dynamic network linking modes of communication, mass media and textuality.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Kalamazoo 2010: "Between Thinking and Feeling: Reading Devotionally in Medieval England"

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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 10:30pm
Jennifer Garrison / St. Mary's University College

Over the past two decades, medieval literary scholars have largely embraced the term 'vernacular theology' as an alternative to the previous term, 'devotional literature,' in order to describe the diverse array of English religious writings which sought to intellectually engage their readers in theological debates. This opposition between 'theology' and 'devotion,' however, creates a division between thought and affect that is not representative of the diversity of medieval religious writings. By questioning this division, this session will seek to contribute to the growing body of scholarship on medieval reading practices and to expand the ways in which we think about so-called 'devotional' reading.

The Work of Neil Gaiman SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 10-13/02/10)

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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 3:55pm
Ximena Gallardo/ Southwest Texas PCA/ACA

Call for Papers: The Work of Neil Gaiman, SW/TX PCA/ACA

The 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010.

The Area Chairs of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area would like to invite paper and panel proposals on the work of Neil Gaiman. This year our area will be honored with special events, films, guests, and presentations!
Please send queries, 250 word paper proposals, or 500 word panel proposals to

Ximena Gallardo
xgallardo@lagcc.cuny.edu

The Work of Terry Pratchett SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/09; 10-13/02/10)

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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 3:53pm
Ximena Gallardo/ Southwest Texas PCA/ACA

Call for Papers: The Work of Terry Pratchett, SW/TX PCA/ACA

The 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010.

The Area Chairs of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area would like to invite paper and panel proposals on the work of Terry Pratchett. This year our area will be honored with special events, films, guests, and presentations!
Please send queries, 250 word paper proposals, or 500 word panel proposals to

Ximena Gallardo
xgallardo@lagcc.cuny.edu

Leon Edel Prize

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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 1:16pm
Henry James Review

CALL FOR PAPERS

LEON EDEL PRIZE

EXTENDED DEADLINE and REVISED CFP for Anything But Safe: Sex, Sexuality, and Gender ESSAY COLLECTION (August 15 2009)

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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 11:58am
Adam Pridemore, Taylor Mitchell, Chrissy Auger, and Jessica McKee - University of South Florida

Anything But Safe - Essays on Sex, Sexuality, and Gender

~~~People like sex, society eschews sexuality, and academia banters about gender theory.~~~

First, many thanks to those who have already submitted essays. Due to popular request we have extended the deadline, both for submitting proposals, and also for the completed essays. The new deadline for completed essays will also apply to those who have already submitted, if their proposals are accepted.

The Glamour of Grammar (Kalamazoo 2010)

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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 11:08am
Irina Dumitrescu

If conventional, twenty-first-century thinking holds that grammar is a dull set of descriptions and prescriptions consisting only of skeletal schemes of morphology and syntax, it is worth remembering that these structures have crystallized out of a more dynamic mass of language. Grammar is theory—a way of seeing patterns and paradigms that only become visible when one steps back from mundane, everyday exchanges (which for the most part do not extend beyond immediate concerns—and can often be negotiated nonverbally) and seeks to comprehend the rules that permit more complex interactions.

CFP: Robert Graves and the Mediterranean: Mythology, Classicism, Religion. 6-10 July 2010. Proposals deadline: 31 Jan 2010.

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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 7:25am
Robert Graves Society

The Robert Graves Society announces its 10th International Robert Graves Conference, to be held in Palma and Deià, Mallorca, Spain, Tuesday 6th July – Saturday 10th July 2010. The subject of the conference will be on themes relating to Robert Graves and the Mediterranean. By courtesy of the Fundació "la Caixa", the conference will be held, as in 2006, at the Foundation's cultural centre in Palma de Mallorca and at Deià.

A highlight of the conference will be a private visit to Ca n'Alluny, Robert Graves's home in Deià, which has been meticulously restored under the direction of William Graves and open to the public since 2006.

[UPDATE] CFP Colporteurs, Spaces, places, landscapes.

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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 5:30am
Irina Marchesini, Luca Pasquale, Luca Vancini - University of Bologna, Italy.

The group "Colporteurs" is pleased to announce their annual conference, which will be held on Wednesday, 23 September 2009 at the Department of Italian Studies in Bologna University, Italy.
The chosen subject has been inspired from the theme of this year's PhD. seminar in "Modern, comparative and Postcolonial literatures", entitled "Declensions of space".

Bollywood Remakes Hollywood: Cross-Cultural Translations and Makeovers (SCMS Panel) Due Aug. 10

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Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 6:59pm
Rashna Wadia Richards/Rhodes College

Remakes have always been popular in Hollywood; they are usually regarded as safe commercial bets, and they underscore cinema's ability to shape and reshape the cultural imagination. As examples of cinematic homage or formulaic filmmaking or intertextual interventions, film remakes in Hollywood have received significant critical attention. But how do we think about remakes that cross cultural and national boundaries? How do cross-cultural makeovers transform foreign texts? How do they negotiate the balance between repetition and difference? This panel seeks to investigate the aesthetic and ideological dynamics of cross-cultural remakes by focusing on Bollywood cinema's appropriations of Hollywood films.

SW/TX PCA ACA American Studies Area

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Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 8:11pm
Lisa Stein/SW/TX PCA ACA

Call for Papers: American Studies Area
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Associations 31st Annual Conference
February 10-13, 2010
Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, NM
Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org

Panels are now being formed in the American Studies area. Scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, graduate students and others interested in this area are encouraged to submit an abstract. Graduate students are especially encouraged and will be assisted in accessing any and all award opportunities the conference and/or associations provide.

Queer Belonging in the Eighteenth Century

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Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 10:30am
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Gay and Lesbian Caucus

In her essay, "Queer Belongings: Kinship Theory and Queer Theory," Elizabeth Freeman asks, "Does kinship theory matter to queer theory?" In her essay, Freeman answers that it does, but what material for kinship theorists can those of us working in the eighteenth century offer? In what sense is the notion of the family challenged and how are other units of belonging articulated? Papers on this topic are invited for ASECS 2010.

Please send a 300 word abstract, and a CV to both Michael Taylor (mttaylor@ucalgary.ca) and Kristi Krumnow (kristi.krumnow@usu.edu) by September 10, 2009.

Acting Aging Now (ASAP: 22-25 October; abstract deadline 7 August).

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Friday, July 17, 2009 - 9:27pm
Cynthia Port / Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)

CFP: Acting Aging Now (ASAP: 22-25 October; abstract deadline 7 August).
We are seeking a replacement paper for an approved panel to be held at the inaugural conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP). The panel, "Acting Aging Now," centers on the performance of age in the twenty-first century.

12TH ANNUAL WRITING BY DEGREES--SEPT 24-26, 2009 [UPDATED!]

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Friday, July 17, 2009 - 9:02pm
Writing By Degrees

CALL FOR PAPERS
–Writing By Degrees 2009–

September 24–26, 2009
Binghamton, New York
EXTENDED Submission Deadline: August 30, 2009

The twelfth annual Writing By Degrees, the national creative writing conference organized and run entirely by Binghamton University graduate students, seeks creative and academic submissions demonstrating or contemplating the craft of writing.

Guidelines: All applicants must be currently enrolled as graduate students in order to be eligible. Submissions may fall into one of the categories below.

Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry (Call for Papers on Literature, Philosophy and the Arts)

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Friday, July 17, 2009 - 4:00pm
Philosophical Society of Nepal

The Philosophical Society of Nepal, and its reviewed Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, seeks articles in a wide range of philosophical topics and from a wide range of perspectives, methodologies, and traditions within philosophy, and the broader humanities, particularly literary theory, cultural theory, aesthetic theory, disciplines dealing with religion (e.g. religious studies, history of religions), and semiotics.

Superheroes Since the Year 2000

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Friday, July 17, 2009 - 3:52pm
Kevin D. Williams

Submissions are invited for an upcoming edited book covering the superhero genre. There is a great need to re-interpret such issues as morality, power, patriotism, and heroism in this new millennium, especially as events such as 9-11, terrorism, torture, corporate profiteering, economic decline, and technological advances impact the U.S. and the world. With the success of Heroes, The Dark Knight, and numerous other superhero movies, the public is looking to understand its world through its superheroes.

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